DWI and Field Sobriety Testing in Minnesota

Minneapolis DWI Attorney

If a police officer notices you driving too fast or too slow, weaving in and out of lanes or other examples of erratic driving, they may pull you over because they suspect you are driving while intoxicated (DWI). Upon pulling you over, they typically will administer a series of field sobriety tests in order to help them determine if you’re driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. If you have been arrested for a DWI primarily based on the results of a field sobriety test, contact a Minneapolis DWI attorney as soon as possible.

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Attorney Martin of Martin Law Offices has extensive experience defending people against a variety of DWI charges and will work tirelessly on your behalf in order to identify weaknesses in the prosecution’s case against you. Understanding the fear and stress that people often feel when arrested and put on trial, he will be available for you to contact day or night so you can always obtain answers to your questions or concerns. He will work with you throughout the entire trial to provide you with a formidable defense, as well as inform you of developments throughout it so you are aware of what is transpiring.

Arrested and charged after field sobriety testing in Minneapolis?

When a law enforcement officers suspects that you may be intoxicated, they will typically administer these field sobriety tests to help them determine if you’re impaired:

  • One Leg Stand: Tests whether you can stay balanced when standing on one leg
  • Walk & Turn: Features you walking a straight line, turning and walking the line again
  • Horizontal Gaze: Requires you following their finger (or pen) from side to side

Field sobriety tests are an imperfect method of determining if someone is driving while intoxicated and often officers fail to accurately administer the tests. This can lead to them arresting a person who isn’t legally intoxicated or committing errors that can result in the case against you getting dismissed altogether. Aggressively defending your case is crucial, as DWI penalties are steep and can seriously disrupt your life. Even if you’ve never received a DWI before and have no criminal record, you can still have your driver’s license suspended for up to a year and face jail time and/or a fine of $1,000.

If you were arrested based on the results of a field sobriety test, contact a Minneapolis DWI attorney to discuss your legal options.